Common Mistakes While Applying for PGWP

Are you applying for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to stay and work in Canada after your studies? Applying for a PGWP can be a complex process and there are several common mistakes that many applicants make. To ensure you have the best chance of success, it’s important to be aware of these mistakes and avoid them when completing your application.

  1. Not Applying for the PGWP Before Your Study Permit Expires For most international students, it’s necessary to apply for a PGWP within 90 days of receiving their final marks from their program of study. This means that you’ll need to apply for your PGWP before your study permit expires. If you don’t apply before this time, you may be ineligible for the PGWP.
  2. Applying Too Late The PGWP application is a two-step process. The first step is to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the PGWP. The second step is to pay for biometrics. It’s important to keep in mind that once your application is received by IRCC, you have 30 days to pay for biometrics or your application will be returned.
  3. Not Meeting the Eligibility Requirements In order to be eligible for the PGWP, applicants must meet certain requirements. These include having a valid study permit, having completed a program of study of at least 8 months in duration, and having received a positive final evaluation from your program of study.
  4. Not Submitting All Required Documents In order to apply for the PGWP, it’s important to submit all required documents. This includes a valid study permit, a valid passport, proof of the completion of your program of study such as an official transcript, and proof of your language proficiency.
  5. Not Applying for the Right Length of Permit When applying for the PGWP, it’s important to apply for the right length of permit. The length of your permit will depend on the length of your program of study. For example, if you’ve completed a program of study of 8 months or longer, you can apply for a PGWP of up to 3 years.

By being aware of these common mistakes, you can ensure that you have the best chance of success when applying for a PGWP. Good luck with your application!

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